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The 10 Best Things to Do in Belfast

Belfast's quarters brim with a bevy of cultural attractions, revealing bright and troubled years of history amid a spectrum of art and architecture. Its vibrant music scene will also keep your feet tapping into the wee hours, be it at a modern venue or pub.

Ulster Museum

This top museum's highlight is the Armada Room, which contains the wreck of Girona from 1588, along with treasures, including gold and personal items, from Spanish Armada ships.

Belfast City Hall

This grand Baroque Revival structure is on the site of the city's former 19th-century Linen Exchange. On St Patrick's day and other dates the façade is illuminated with a variety of coloured floodlights.

Belfast Castle

Located on Cave Hill, the 3rd Marquess of Donegall commissioned the re-construction of Belfast Castle in the 19th century. Each of the first two castles in the city burned down.

St. Anne's Cathedral

Construction began in 1899 and finished in 1981. At 131 feet, the Spire of Hope was an addition in 2006. You'll find splendid mosaics and stained-glass windows inside.

Photo: William Murphy@flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

Grand Opera House

The refurbished theater, which opened in 1895, hosts operas, concerts, and musicals. During the years of "the Troubles," bomb explosions damaged it in 1991 and 1993.

Botanic Gardens

The gardens first opened as a private park in 1828 and then became public in 1895. The Palm House is its most striking feature, due to its cast iron and glass construction.

Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

Lady Dixon dedicated the park to her late husband in 1959. There are 40,000 roses and the famed Rose Week celebration in summer. There's also a Diana, Princess of Wales garden.

Waterfront Hall

The main auditorium can host opera and musical performances for up to 2,000 people. The copper, domed roof will ultimately turn green, matching that of City Hall's, among others.

The Odyssey

Located in the Titanic Quarter and comprising the SSE Arena, Odyssey Pavilion and W5, it's Northern Ireland's top venue for sports, concerts, and comedy shows.

Carrickfergus Castle

Thirty minutes from central Belfast, the Norman castle has stood on the shores of Belfast Lough for 800 years. A tour inside will take you back to medieval times.

Planning Your Belfast Visit

How many days to spend in Belfast?

A four-day tour of the city will allow you to see the sights at a leisurely pace and simply enjoy the rhythm of the city. Add a couple extra days if you plan to make day-trips to the surrounding area, such as Carrickfergus Castle or Giant's Causeway.

Getting around

It's easy to get around the heart of the city and see its top attractions on foot. There is a bus system, called Metro, which runs from 6:00AM - 11:00PM. Donegall Square is the hub of public transport. Taxis are the other option, especially if you miss the last bus. It's 30 minutes by car to Carrickfergus. There is also rail service from Belfast Central Station, departing on the half hour, and the journey takes just as long.

Where to stay in Belfast

Stay in the city center, for example in Cathedral Quarter, a center of nightlife, restaurants, pubs, and art. Queen's Quarter also has its share of shops, cafes, and bars.

Good to Know

  • Language
    English, Irish Gaelic, and Ulster Scots
  • Currency
    British Pound (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    The high season is from May to September, when temperatures are warm and fairs, markets, and carnivals are in full swing. Try to visit in May or September if you want the summertime benefits with fewer crowds.

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What People Are Saying About Belfast

This tour is amazing and ask for Richard

This tour included top attractions with reasonable time to explore each location. It may feel like you don't have a lot of time but there is so much to fit in to make sure you get to the next stop on time. Richard O'Brien is amazing and a great tour guide. He will tell you interesting, funny, and historical tales about Ireland. He wants each person to get the most out of the experience and he always has a smile on his face. I would highly recommend this tour. You must be in time for each stop so if you are not a timely person, I would skip any bus tour because timing is everything in order to fit everything in.

Extremely good enjoyed every minute of it.

The titanic experience was very well done a credit to the designers. Also the staff who were very helpful and friendly.

Very good, allow lots of time,there's a lot to see!!

Excellent and emotionally moving, the REAL story, not the film makers version! The visit left me with a real understanding of the scale of the ship and how awesome she must have really been! Well worth the visit! Take time to speak to the staff around the exhibition, they are friendly and enthusiastic with an impressive depth of knowledge about Titanic and her background.
Belfast: The Titanic Experience with SS Nomadic Visit Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/27/2016

Awe inspiring tour with a knowledgeable guide.

Although we were caught in the Belfast half-marathon our tour guide did his best to show us Belfast that we would never have seen on foot. The tour was informative and our guide was the most helpful and descriptive person we could have asked for. Our experience was something we will remember for a long while.
Belfast Black Taxi Mural Tour Reviewed by Maureen, 09/26/2016

Good value for the money! Like the 48 hour opportunity to revisit.

Excellent overview of the city, tour guide very knowledgeable and provide amount of time required to visit a particular stop. We did the full 90 minute tour on day 1 and then went back the next day to see the Titantic and the Grumlin at our leisure. Both are definite must sees!
Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: 48-Hour Tickets Reviewed by Lorraine, 09/18/2016

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